So I decided to join this forum and start this thread to give insight on the application process I went through. This is for those who are nursing students and those looking to apply to nursing school. I am a GN and I have a criminal history that dates back in 2000. It was a class C misdemeanor assault charge. I was 17 at the time of the incident. First, let me advise that if you can have it expunged then definitely do that. I was unable to have my charge expunged because the physical court record had been destroyed and the rest of it entered in the court computer system. The final verdict entered into the court computer was "not guilty".
However, I ended up paying a small fine and according to the court it indicated admission of guilt. I lost my own court record of the charge because I never imagined needing it and I was not responsible and immature at 17. I remembered paying the $94 fine for a deferred disposition but the court computer system did not have that information listed. There were several reasons why I couldn't expunge it. Before I applied to nursing school, I informed my college about the charge and they were confident it wouldn't be an issue for me. I should also add that I have never been arrested. I was accepted into nursing school and I completed three core semesters.
During fourth semester, I was concerned when I received information about applying for the board exam. You are required to claim any eligibility issue. I was always told that it is more frowned upon if they find an issue that was not claimed versus one that was. I decided to complete a declaratory order. I submitted my declaratory order in October while everyone else was completing their license applications. I filled it out completely but I was very worried because there was a possibility of rejection. I also read on this forum about how my case could be sent to the enforcement department at the TX BON for a fee of $150. Also, that would delay my application process for 3 to 6 months.
The TX BON took every bit of 3 months to process my declaratory order and criminal background check. I received their decision approximately two weeks before my graduation mid December. The BON decided that I would be able to sit for the nclex-RN. Immediately, I rushed to fill out my initial licence application. The BON didn't receive my application until the day of my graduation. My school was unable to electronically submit my affidavit of graduation because my application hadn't been processed and wouldn't be until after the holidays or January 1st. I had already been hired on at a local hospital as a GN and was set to start training on January 6th. I couldn't do actual patient care without a GN permit but I was able to start the orientation and education process.
The TX BON was really good about answering my questions. If you call them they will give you specific time frames. They had 15 business days to process my application. My application was processed on January 8th. From there, they had 15 days, after receiving my affidavit of graduation, to issue my ATT. My school submitted it electronically on the 8th, as soon as I informed them my application was processed. I received my ATT via email yesterday and my GN permit starts today. Reading through this forum was really helpful in easing my nerves and giving me an idea of what I could do. I am a firm believer in prayer and I called on Jesus several times throughout this process. It can be very stressful. I reminded myself to post this as soon as I got my ATT and I will try to follow up by answering any questions.